Friday, November 19, 2004

Dutch Captain: Jan Samplon (or Samlon)

Jan Samplon served the Admiralty of the Noorderkwartier. The earliest that I have been able to find reference to him was in 1654, in the "Staet van Oorlog te Water" for that year. He commanded a Noorderkwartier ship, and was mentioned in July 1654. He was likely to have been a lieutenant in the First Anglo-Dutch War, but I have not been able to verify that. He was present at the Blockade of Danzig in 1656, under Lt-Admiral van Wassenaer. Jan Samplon commanded the Hollandsche Tuin (39 guns and a crew of 120 men) in that operation. He fought in the Battle of the Sound in 1658, where he commanded the Monnikendam (32 guns and a crew of 97 men). The Monnikendam was lost in the Baltic after the battle, in action with the Swedes, and Captain Samplon may have been killed at that time.

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